Thursday, June 13, 2013

Play Dates and A Book Giveaway

{Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is Single's Day!!! If you are single or know anyone who is single - make sure and come visit and share with your friends! We might help two more people meet! Or more!}

 I thought it would be fun while it was just Hollis to have a little playdate just for her.  We are always going to play dates or groups but it's usually for Harper's friends and some little siblings are along.  But it's never just for Hollis and her friends.  So I invited 3 of her best friends from school/church over.  She was SOOOOOO excited.  I thought we might play outside in the water possibly so I put her in the cutest swimsuit and coverup that we got handed down from the nicest girl!

She wanted to take her picture outside and then she did this. 

I did not tell her to do this or teach her to do this.

I'm sorry Daddy and Papa - I don't think I'm going to be able to keep this girl out of pageants. :-) She has the pose down too good! 

She had the best time and the kids were so sweet.  They sat and at their lunch so quietly together.  I made tacos and fruit with poppyseed dressing.   I really enjoyed visiting with the moms.  They aren't moms I normally get to hang out and they were all so sweet.  It was a lot of fun! I love that as my girls grow I will get to make new friends with their friends' moms and meet new people.  It's sweet to watch my girls make friends. 

And meanwhile Harper is never coming home.  She went fishing last night and told her grandparents "Thank you for letting me have so much fun".  She has been swimming and singing on her grandpa's music equipment (think microphone).  She is having the time of her life.  I imagine the grandparents are going to need about two weeks to recover and rest after this week.  But she is making wonderful memories.  Just like the ones I have of spending summer weeks with my grandparents.

I have had the privilege of meeting Vicki Courtney and hearing her speak a couple of times in the last year.  She has written several books and Bible Studies that are really great.  She just came out with a new book called "Ever After" and I'm almost finished with it and I have to tell you - it has been a HUGE help to me.  It's an encouraging book all about our fairy tale expectations of marriage and children and what to do when things maybe aren't as "perfect" as we expected.  

I can identify with this.  I have a great husband and the sweetest girls but life is not perfect.  After 10 years - I can say that marriage is work.  I'll be the first to admit that having small children - I tend to put my husband last.  And that isn't good for anyone.  Vicki has some great advice and words of encouragement for how to get your marriage back on track, how to say no to things that make your family life crazier than it should be, how to keep your life from being kid-centric (which I so agree with and yet find myself doing), and just how to remember yourself in all the mothering/wife/working craziness of life.  I've enjoyed this book so much and I'm pretty sure 95% of you will too.

5% of you have perfect lives I'm sure. :-) 

I'm giving away an autographed copy to one of you! Just leave a comment on why maybe you would like this book and I will draw a winner this weekend! 

(and you don't have to be married or a mom to read this book. I think it actually might be good to read before you are married!) 

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